14 Mar 2011
La Clemenza di Tito
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By George Hall [Guardian, 14 March 2011]
Mozart's final opera was commissioned to celebrate the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia in 1791. This has helped condemn it as cold, rather than the living drama one expects of its composer. Yet a sympathetic staging can silence doubts.